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Under Pence, head of election integrity commission, Dem voting sites shuttered, R sites expanded


"Nonetheless, despite their half-hearted protestations, Republicans continue to intentionally suppress minority voting in state after state. Another Federal Court determined as much this week in Texas, finding --- for the 11th time in recent years --- that state Republicans intentionally suppressed minority voters there.

Another such state is Vice President Mike Pence's Indiana, where a new analysis from the Indy Star finds that early voting sites were shuttered in Democratic counties and expanded in Republican counties after Obama won the state in 2008, and as Pence served as Governor. The strategy worked. Republican turnout increased in counties where voting rights were expanded and Democratic votes decreased in the state's largest and most Democratic leaning counties, where voting sites were shuttered. Now Pence heads up Trump's so-called "Election Integrity" Commission.

Long-time BRAD BLOG legal analyst ERNEST A. CANNING joins us to detail his new article on the two federal lawsuits, alleging violations of both the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, that have now been filed in the Hoosier State."

http://bradblog.com/?p=12258

Republicans limiting early voting in Marion County, letting it bloom in suburbs
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/08/10/silencing-vote-data-shows-unequal-barrier-indiana-polls/435450001/

Rachel brilliant tonight - "We've always had white hate groups but 2 major differences now"

1. they are identified; photographed with faces lit with torches and posted on social media - in the past, they've hidden - this means they will never be able to escape that identity; it will be locked in for life.

2. they believe they have a leader in the White House

As usual, she's connecting lots of dots. She is the best dot connector in the world.

Remember this very timely song from South Pacific? "You've got to be taught to hate & fear..."

I always loved this very timely song from South Pacific, for those of you old enough to remember:

You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

Every Single Voting System Hacked Within Hours at DefCon's 'Voting Village'

How hackers in Las Vegas over the weekend confirmed what we've been yelling and screaming about for nearly 15 years. Namely, every single computer voting, tabulation and registration system used in the U.S. is absurdly vulnerable to manipulation that would likely go undetected unless hand-marked paper ballots exist and are actually counted, by hand, by human beings. [Audio link to full show posted below at end of article.]

At the annual hackers convention in Vegas known as DefCon, thirty voting system computers (both voting machines and electronic pollbooks) were made available to attendees to crack at will! And, boy howdy, did they! Every single system was reportedly compromised in some fashion by the end of the weekend --- several of them fell within just minutes of opening DefCon's so-called "Voting Machine Hacking Village".

We're joined today for some of the amazing details on what happened in Vegas (in hopes that it doesn't just stay there!) by DR. DAVID JEFFERSON, a longtime computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Chair of the Board of Directors at VerifiedVoting.org. Jefferson, who has a been a pioneer in the field of voting system security for some 20 years, serving as an advisor to five successive Secretaries of State in California (both Republican and Democratic) also presented at the wildly popular DefCon "Voting Village".

"It was a wild time, I have to tell ya. This hacking village was set up --- really, in just six weeks it came together --- and in that short a time, they managed to gather all these voting machines," he says. It was quite a contrast from the "cloak and dagger" days when folks like us had to obtain voting machines from secret sources to share with independent investigators in order to have any kind of independent analysis of system vulnerabilities.

"That room was just crowded from morning to night," Jefferson says, describing the room at DefCon. "And the amazing thing is that all of those successful hacks, these were by people who, most of them, had never seen a voting machine before, and certainly not the system sitting in front of them, and they had not met each other before. They didn't come with a full set of tools that were tailored toward attacking these machines. They just started with a piece of hardware in front of them and their own laptops and ingenuity, attacking the various systems. And it was amazing how quickly they did it!"

Jefferson tells me, after all of these years, he is now seeing a major difference among the public, as well as election and elected officials (a number of whom were also in attendance), regarding the decades-long concerns by experts about electronic voting, tabulation and registration systems.

"I am seeing a kind of sea change here. For the first time, I am sensing that election officials, and the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI, and the intelligence community, and Congress, and the press, are suddenly, after the 2016 election experience, receptive to our message that these systems are extremely vulnerable and it's a serious national security issue. As you know, in a democracy, the legitimacy of government depends on free and fair and secure elections. And people are beginning to realize that we haven't had those for a long time."

He explains how hacking methods attributed by many to Russians following the 2016 elections "are the same methods that anyone on Earth could use --- insiders, criminal syndicates, nation-states other than Russia, as well, or our own political partisans. The fear, of course, is that these hacking attempts will be totally undetectable. But even if they are detectable, it's difficult often to determine who did it, whether it's an insider, or a domestic partisan, or some foreign organization."

He also confirms what I've been trying to point out since the 2016 election, that despite officials continuously claiming that no voting results were changed by anyone, be it Russia or anybody else, "they cannot know that. They simply can't know. Certainly in those states where there are no paper ballots, such as in Georgia, for example, it's impossible for them to know. And even in states where there are, if they don't go back and either recount the paper ballots, or at least recount a random sample of them, no, they can't know either."

"Election officials have fooled themselves into believing the claims of their [private voting machine] vendors that the systems are secure from all kinds of attack. And it's just never been true," Jefferson argues.

But will the weekend's short order hacks of every voting system presented at DefCon actually help the U.S. to finally move toward systems that are overseeable by the public? And what does that mean, exactly? Is replacing old computer election systems --- many of which still run on no-longer-supported software like Windows 2000 --- with new ones the answer? Are paper ballots, which voting systems experts call for, enough? Particularly given that we saw, after the 2016 election, how it's nearly impossible, even for a Presidential candidate, to see those ballots publicly hand-counted ("Democracy's Gold Standard" in order to confirm results?

"We have to change the way we think about securing elections. Instead of trying to harden the voting systems themselves against all forms of attack --- I think that is going to be a hopeless task for as far into the future as computer scientists can see. Instead of hardening those systems themselves, we need to design systems so that after the election is over we can verify that the results were correct. And then if they're not, we have to be able to change the results accordingly. So the emphasis is on detection and correction, not prevention."

I hash all of that out and much more with my friend Dr. Jefferson today, who also details DefCon's plans to make the "Voting Village" a permanent fixture of its annual convention, which just spectacularly wrapped up its 25th year.

Download MP3 or listen to complete show online below...
http://bradblog.com/?p=12238

Bumper sticker on a car in front of me today:


“I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.“

RE the "I love this graphic" thread: Its history and where to get flags, yard signs, free downloads!

I posted this thread in March and was inspired by this thread to re-post:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029393909
"I love this graphic!" by Kath2

The graphic was developed by Nasty Women Get Shit Done Portland and these signs are everywhere in Portland!

Go check out their site! THere is tons of good stuff to inspire you.

Yard signs, car/window signs, flags, postcards, window stickers, more . Rep. Blumenauer had a town hall in March and had a huge one above him on the stage.



"NWGSDPDX emerged to actively resist the xenophobia, racism, misogyny, ableism, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Earth platform and policies of the new administration.

Our strength lies in understanding that our fundamental rights and freedom are bound to justice for all. We strive to listen, learn and take the lead from people within marginalized and targeted groups.

We seek to understand the role of our own power and privilege in building a united and intersectional resistance.

Our monthly meetings include an educational component so that we can continue to learn ways to be allies within our community.

Mission Statement:
To support an era of activism, democracy and progressive politics in which we advocate for social, financial and environmental justice.

All proceeds from sales and donations are donated to local non-profits that support the values on the flag. "


“We want this not to be a moment, but a movement,” said U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) during a meeting with NWGSDPDX. He noted that women are the leaders who are stepping up to organize and lead grassroots groups all across the country.




All kinds of free downloads in 10 languages: https://www.nwgsdpdx.org/download

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https://www.nwgsdpdx.org/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPuBU7df93MZDPHOQavO6fw
https://www.nwgsdpdx.org/press-lutheran

Rachel: 20 house repubs calling for 2nd special counsel to investigate HRC, Comey because it hasn't

had adequate investigation. It's all (I think all) the Rs on the House Judiciary Committee.

Turn on Rachel . RW media, T going after potential FBI witnesses. Al Franken on shortly.

Watch live here if you don't have TV:
http://www.livenewschat.eu/politics/
you have to turn off your ad blocker if you have one

Remember the guys Comey said he told about his mtg with Trump? RW media going after them one by one trying to discredit the FBI.

Al Franken on shortly.

Chris Hayes on Scaramucci: the fish rots from head down; everyone who works for T becomes a mini T

Charlie PIerce said once Scar gets his own SNL character, T will get jealous and oust him.
Joy: We're all in a giant video game and Scar is just the avatar T has chosen to play.

I like Scar better than Mooch for a nickname. He reminds me of Scar in Lion King.

Girl Scouts Obtain Restraining Order Against Trump (Borowitz)

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an extraordinary rebuke of the President of the United States, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have obtained a restraining order against Donald J. Trump.

The order, which the Girls Scouts were granted on Monday night, prevents Trump from coming within three hundred feet of any gathering of the Scouts’ organization.

Carol Foyler, a Girl Scouts spokesperson, said that while the G.S.U.S.A. sought the restraining order “out of an abundance of caution,” the girls themselves were “in no way, shape or form” afraid of President Trump.

“They’re prepared to deal with bobcats and bears,” she said. “They can handle a malignant narcissist.”

Trump wasted little time responding to the Girl Scouts’ action, lashing out at the organization in a blistering early-morning tweet storm.

“Failing Girl Scouts bad (or sick) guys,” Trump wrote. “Mints, cookies terrible. Sad!”

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/girl-scouts-obtain-restraining-order-against-trump
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